Weitman & Watson back on the track with solid contenders for 2011 Breeders’ Cupby Steve Rivera on Nov. 03, 2011, under Sports
So, will it be Drill, Candrea or Secret Circle that puts local horse owners Paul Weitman and Karl Watson in the winner’s circle on Friday and Saturday?
It could be all three in the biggest day of racing as the Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday at Churchill Downs.
And former Arizona alum Bob Baffert will be coming along for the ride. Actually, he’ll be the guy in charge of the trio of horses and a few others. It’s Baffert, the Hall of Fame horse trainer, who could be the big winner. He has horses in eight of the 15 races that cover two days.
Some are favorites and some tepid longshots, but Weitman & Watson have credible contenders in Drill (Juvenile, $2 million, 1 1/16 mile distance), Candrea (Juvenile Fillies, $2 million, 1 1/16 distance) and Secret Circle (Juvenile Sprint, $500,000, 6 furlongs).
If Drill can handle the distance, he’s likely the winner or at least in the money (best guess). At least he’s one of the early favorites for Saturday afternoon’s race.
Candrea, named after Arizona’s softball coach Mike Candrea, will have it tougher. She’s a speedy type but she’ll be in with other speed so the question is can she, too, maintain a quick pace. And Secret Circle? Another speed demon. If he gets out, watch out. He’s on the first race of the Cup on Friday.
It’s a huge day for the locals.